While quite a number of casino owners in different states have shown support to the legalization of online poker, Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Sands CEO, announced a few days ago that he opposes the federal legislation that would give the states the ability to regulate the game online. Poker players however, have shown some negative feedback regarding the matter.
No Technology for Security?
Adelson last week told the leaders of the American Gaming Association that he does not believe that the technology today does not have the capability to prevent the minors from taking part in wagers made through the internet. Of course, Senior Vice Presiden Jan commented on the matter, saying that “The solution is fixing legislation, not looking the other way. His concerns are real, but I’m not sure he really understands the issue. Doing nothing is not being responsible.” Caesars Entertainment has long been one of the most active parties in regards to the legalization of online poker in the states.
Players Furious on Adelson
Of course, a handful of poker players have been expressing their anger at Adelson by posting in various online poker forums and have even verbally expressed it through radio broadcasts. Players have decided to go on a boycott of the Las Vegas Sands Poker Room. The players have been discouraging other player from going to the online poker room. The Poker Players Alliance have even addressed the matter on the radio broadcast, telling the listeners to send tweets directly to the owner of the casino to show that they do not agree with his standings on the matter.
Afraid Of A Little Competition?
Other people believe that Adelson’s reason for opposing online poker is the fact that he was not able to secure a place for himself if ever the legalization of online poker has come into fruition. “He is in opposition because all of his industry ducks are not in a row yet to compete in a new market,” poker writer Zach Tracy said. “I think he is trying to block competitors from getting a bill through.”
Whether or not Adelson is genuinely concerned about the minorities taking part in placing wagers, he has underestimated the players, who are very sensitive at the moment regarding the matter. The poker community right now is very conscious of how the federal legislation is proceeding, and Adelson might have overlooked this.
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